A Brainerd woman opened up her Sunday edition of the Brainerd Dispatch and couldn't believe her eyes - on Page 2A was a photograph of her missing wedding ring.
It was the best Christmas present Elna Daigle could have wished for.
"It's better than winning the lottery," said Daigle. "I've never been so excited about anything, except my marriage and my kids. It's just unbelievable. What a miracle."
The wedding ring had been found after a Heartland Symphony Orchestra concert Oct. 14 in Tornstrom Auditorium at Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. Daigle and her husband, Stephen, had attended the concert.
"It was a good show and we clapped a lot and stuff so it might have just slipped off," said Daigle.
Its better than winning the lottery.
Owner of wedding ring
Daigle said she has searched everywhere to find her missing wedding ring but had never considered that it could have been lost at the Washington building. She prayed to Saint Anthony, the patron saint of lost and stolen articles, hoping for divine intervention.
She and her husband had just celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on Oct. 9, days before the concert. She was married at age 17, so she had the small ring for nearly her entire life.
She bought a birthstone ring to wear in its place "because my finger was so lonesome," she said, but it wasn't the same.
Daigle contacted Denise Sundquist, who works as the Brainerd School District's health and safety coordinator and is unofficially the head of the Washington lost and found department, after the story ran in Sunday's paper. The two women planned to meet this week to give Daigle her ring.
Daigle's husband had fallen at their home and was in the hospital Saturday when Daigle opened her newspaper and found a story and photograph of her wedding ring.
"I couldn't believe it. I opened up the paper and saw that picture and I was just stunned," said Daigle.
The Daigles have three children, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She said they all live in California and in the Twin Cities. She and her husband plan to celebrate Christmas here together in Brainerd.
She said she had called her children and grandchildren to tell them her ring has been found. Daigle is a former licensed practical nurse who retired about 10 years ago from Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
JODIE TWEED may be reached at email@example.com or 855-5858.
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